Greater focus required on human development in nations planning: Economic Survey

February 28th, 2008 - 5:06 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 28 (ANI): Giving emphasis over the different social sectors, the Economic Survey, tabled today by Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram in Lok Sabha, has called for greater focus on human development in the countrys development planning.
The Economic Survey made suggestions for better implementation of schemes specially National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), out of box thinking required to ensure adequate supply of quality teachers and improving supply of public goods and services to urban poor.
Disparities between States in development outcomes can largely be attributed to governance and delivery of services, the Survey commented.
Other comments made by the Survey include: Transport, storage and communications apart from financial, insurance, real estate business and community, social and personal services have increased their shares in employment.
Inspite of improvement in quality of healthcare, wide inter-State, male-female and rural-urban disparities in outcomes and impacts continue to persist in the health sector.
Inadequacies in the existing heath infrastructure have led to gaps in coverage and outreach services in rural areas.
Increase in employment in organized sector is on account of informal employment of workers.
The survey pointed out that the share of central government expenditure on social services including rural development has increased from about 11 per cent in 2001-2002 to 16.5 in the current year. This it said is in line with the commitment of the government to faster social sector development under the National Common Minimum Programme. (ANI)

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